Money matters: David Ainsworth's round-up of what's happening in the finance world

Trustees are being offered the chance to attend a training course on basic finance skills. Law firm Farrer & Co, accountancy firm Haysmacintyre and investment house Rensburg Sheppards have developed the course.

"It's essential trustees are aware of their responsibilities and have the knowledge to deal with the impact of an increasingly complex world on charity finances," said Charles Mesquita, charities specialist at Rensburg Sheppards. The six half-day sessions cost £45 each and cover essential trustee financial skills. For more information, email

- Sayer Vincent has published a guide to Gift Aid. Gift Aid Made Simple explains what Gift Aid is, how to claim it back and how to minimise the risk of errors being found during inspection visits. The guide can be found in the publications section on the Sayer Vincent website.

- HM Revenue & Customs has released a new guide on VAT relating to challenge events. The seven-page document forms chapter 10 of its VAT guidance for charities, available from the library on its website. The rules outlined in the guide have been effective from 31 July this year.

- A new report into how the sector manages risk will be published next week by accountancy firm PKF and the Charity Finance Directors' Group. Richard Weighell, PKF partner and author of the report, and Keith Hickey, chief executive of the CFDG, will introduce the findings from the survey at a launch on 24 September.

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